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6-week Mindful Self-Compassion Short Course.


The 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion course is wonderful, but many people don’t have the time to spend about 3 hours a week on a class. So the folks at the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion came up with this shorter course, with each class lasting about an hour. It manages to pack a lot of self-care practices into an accessible amount of time and is popular with people that recognize the need for more self-compassion in their lives but don’t have a lot of space in their schedules. This is one of the most popular courses I do.


Here is a breakdown of each session:


Session 1: Exploring what self-compassion is and seeing how it does or does not show up for us, and then looking at ways to cultivate both mindfulness and self-compassion.


Session 2: Seeing why self-compassion is hard to come by in our culture, and then exploring more compassion practices as well as useful in-the-moment mindfulness practices.


Session 3: Looking at ways to work with the inner critic and to find our inner compassionate voice.


Session 4: Using self-compassion to work with difficult emotions.


Session 5: Investigating caregiver fatigue and burnout, and how self-compassion can remind us to offer care to ourselves as we attend to the needs of others.

Session 6: Exploring the importance of our core values for resilience and fulfillment, and how self-compassion can help us live more in alignment with those values. We will also look at the resources available to maintain a self-compassion practice.


There are also handouts on each subject that include additional information and links. This course also includes small and large group discussions since there is so much to learn from each other, and most people are surprised at how much we all have in common when it comes to needing self-compassion. 

Image by David Hoefler on Unsplash.

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